The members of Quire Cleveland are highly-trained musicians, collectively representing 500 years of choral experience. Many are soloists, music directors, and educators at the major churches, synagogues, and schools in northeast Ohio. Founding Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin chooses programs that are appealing and accessible, showcasing the timeless beauty of the music and the glorious choral sound.
Countertenor David Acres started his musical career as a boy soprano at Exeter Cathedral, then studied music and art at Bethany College. He originally decided to pursue his artistic career in pottery and ceramics, but found the lure of singing and directing too strong to ignore.
In 1989, he founded the chamber choir Counterpoint, which now also includes string and brass ensembles. The premier ensemble in the southwest of England, Counterpoint has earned renown for introducing their audiences to rare and rediscovered works by composers from Perotin to Ugolini.
David has sung alto at Exeter Cathedral and Buckfast Abbey, where he was also a founder member of the critically acclaimed choir Antiphon.
Over recent years, he has sung with ensembles in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Norway, and has undertaken several recordings, including the works of Tallis, Alonso Lobo, and Morales.
Having relocated to Cleveland in 2013, where he sings with Quire and Trinity Cathedral, David continues to enjoy a trans-Atlantic career as a singer and conductor.
Tenor Evan Bescan holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, along with a Methodology Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. He is currently a full-time elementary/middle school music teacher at Stockyard Community School in Cleveland and a chorister at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Evan is also a consultant of the Freda Joyce Brint Foundation, using music to enhance learning and life in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Ian Crane is a high school music teacher and performer. He teaches choir and band at Holy Name High School in Parma, and previously spent five years on faculty at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, as instructor of bagpipes. He has performed with many local groups, including Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Carolers, and the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Ian earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Cleveland State University and his master’s in conducting from Kent State University. He resides in Lakewood, with his wife, Tricia, and children, Phoebe and Alexander.
Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin was born in London, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario there. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University where he specialized in the performance practice of early music. He came to Case Western Reserve in 1978 to direct the nationally recognized historical performance program there. Duffin has made a name for himself as a scholar in a wide range of repertoires, publishing articles on music from the 13th to the 18th centuries. His edition of DuFay chansons won the Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society for work of benefit to both scholars and performers, and his edition of Josquin motets was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press.
Other “vocal” publications include the award winning Shakespeare’s Songbook (WW Norton, 2004), a study of all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays, and an edition of motets from the Jacobean period from A-R Editions. Duffin’s love of vocal ensemble singing has a familial background, since his grandfather, William Nelson, was a professional countertenor in London, England, and was soloist for Harold Darke and later Herbert Murrill, and his mother conducted her church choir, making him a third-generation choral conductor. Duffin has sung with Apollo’s Fire since its inception in 1992. He also directs the Early Music Singers at Case.
Donna Fagerhaug holds a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory at Capital University, both in Columbus, Ohio. Locally, she sings with Apollo’s Singers and Cantores Cleveland, and is the soprano soloist at Lakewood Congregational Church. Donna resides in Rocky River with her husband and three children.
Anthony Gault is a native of Philadelphia, where he began his musical training as a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. He continued his studies at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he studied Vocal Music. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Temple University, and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami. He has sung with Apollo’s Fire, Eakins Vocal Consort, and the Master Chorale of South Florida. He currently serves as the Upper and Middle School Music Teacher at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, OH.